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Aug 28, 2013 11:00am PDT
. >> we come today to not only celebrate and commemorate, but we come as the children of dr. king. >> we celebrate today that we have become a country that believes in equality, and we recommit ourselves to be a country that acts on that belief. >> and joining me now is washington post columnist eugene robins robinson, clip matthews, and nathan conley. we also have standing by ron allen at the lincoln memorial. chris and eugene, we're waiting to alert our audience of the founder and president of the children's defense fund. she served as council for mlk's poor people campaign. she will be speaking shortly. the anticipation is growing to the president's remarks. >> yes, i think we've heard a lot of great oratory today, but the concrete news story for tomorrow morning's papers and tonight on the nightly news is going to have to come from the president. he is really being set up here, if you will, to deliver something concrete. now, i really think it's important that he do that on the issue of jobs because this was, of course, a commemoration today and has been of the campaign for jobs back
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 2:00pm EDT
[♪ music ] >> dr. king: i have i have a d. >> the anniversary of that speech. the march on washington. this is our coverage of the dream 50 years later. events under way, we want to take you live now to the stage in front of the lincoln memorial. that is the same spot that dr. dr. jr. made that famous "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago. you can see umbrellas are out. the crowds number in the tens of thousands if not more gathering to make history today. some 50 years later. the choirs are singing. our mike viqueira is there, oprah winfrey will be starting the ceremonies in just a second. this is the lineup speaking today will be dr. king's family. presidents barack obama, bill clinton and jimmy carter as well as silver rights leader congressman john lewis. there will an number of bands and choirs performing in front of the crowd. joining us now from the lincoln memorial our mike viqueira. we have our dr. aubrey hendri hendrix{^l" ^}, and dr. williams of history and codirector of black studies. dr. hendrix, i want to start with you because you had a front-row seat to histo
CNN
Aug 28, 2013 11:00am PDT
remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of dr. martin luther king jr.'s "i have a dream" speech, he is right now also so preoccupied with the number one challenge facing any commander in chief. whether or not to go to war. in effect, the president has to decide very soon whether he is going to launch airstrikes, missile strikes, against targets in syria. i know he's been preoccupied with that huge decision he has to make. we're going to have full analysis of that coming up. certainly that decision, don, is hovering over the president right now. and if you think about dr. martin luther king, shortly after that speech 50 years ago, in the years that followed before his tragic assassination, he became, among other things, one of the pre-eminent opponents of the u.s. war in vietnam during those years. a lot of us are remembering what was going on then, what's going on now. we're going to have full analysis. gloria borger is here with me here in our cnn studio. we've got a lot to dissect as we await the president and two other presidents and oprah, among others. >> all right, wolf. we'll ge
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 7:00am PDT
>>> 50 years after dr. martin luther king told hundreds of thousands he had a dream. the first black president will remember king's live and legacy standing in almost the very same spot at the lincoln memorial as we look at that live right now. president obama will be joined by former presidents clinton and carter and celebrity rights and leaders as well. 50 years after one of the greatest speeches in political history, the president is expected to touch on the very same themes of justice and equality and opportunity. he will praise how far we have come but acknowledge how far we have left to go. perhaps he'll take a page from dr. king's book and transform words we have heard so many times into something unforgettable. "my country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee i sing. land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." >> let freedom ring. the theme for today's event as the president prepares for this speech, he'll also be juggling everything else that is going on around the world. topping that list is syria. it ap
MSNBC
Aug 29, 2013 12:00am PDT
oppression, but the presence of economic opportunity. z for what does a prophet of man, dr. king would ask, of an integrated lunch if he can't afford the meal. >> so as the president talked about economic justice and the march 50 years ago was for jobs and freedom. and you are a state moving towards creating jobs. what do we do to press the nation with the high unemployment rate particularly in the communities of color that the president and others raised today doubles that of others. >> as the congresswoman fights our noble fight in the halls of congress, there are examples of states that are actually making the investments in infrastructure and creating jobs. that's what we've done in our state. our state also invested more rather than less in the education of our children and we closed the achievement gap between black and white children by greater amounts than any other state in the country. what does that mean for the bottom line of job creation? it means that our state is now creating jobs faster last year than any state in our region we had the highest median income and we're no
CBS
Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
with the 50th anniversary of the march and dr. martin luther king's i have a dream speech. president obama stood as dr. king did at the lincoln memorial and addressed a crowd of thousands gathered on the national mall. he paid tribute to those who had marched a half century earlier demanding jobs and freedom. >> on the battlefield of justice men and women without rank or wealth or title or fame would liberate us all in ways that our children now take for granted. as people of all colors and creeds live together and learn together and walk together and fight alongside one another and love one another and judge one another by the content of our character in this greatest nation on earth. >> pelley: the president had warned yesterday that his speech would not be as good as dr. king's, which is considered by many to be among the best political speeches of all time. jeff pegues was in the crowd for us today. >> reporter: a crowd of tens of thousands pressed up against barricades on the national mall. young and old arrived from across the country to join a celebration half a century in the
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 9:00pm PDT
dr. martin luther king, jr. was arrested on good friday in birmingham alabama that april. that arrest is remembered because while he was in jail in birmingham, a group of mostly white clergy in alabama spoke out and published an ad calling on dr. martin luther king to stop the protests, to work inside the system and stop organizing these demonstrations. to stop being the outside agitator, he responded with a letter from the birmingham jail which he wrote longhand in the margins of the newspaper in which he was able to read the ad and read the stories of his fellow ministers criticizing his tactics. his arrest was one component of a big activist plan for birmingham that year. birmingham was seen as being among the most impossible places for progress. it was the most stubborn, the most violent, the most rigidly opposed to desegregation. the plan was to push there in one of the worst places notice country. and see what happened. see how they responded to pressure. and after what they thought was a slow start of sit-ins and protests in the first eight days a total of 150 people had
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 4:00am EDT
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CSPAN
Aug 28, 2013 9:00pm EDT
] >> peaceful coexistence was a hallmark of dr. king's teachings. he said we must learn to get to live as brothers or perish as fools. welcome the rev. christian stone, and the president of asian american advancing justice. >> greetings from the fellowship of reconciliation, working since 1915 to secure a world of justice and freedom from through nonviolence. today, 50 years after the march on washington, i pay tribute to the visionary organizer of the original march by rustin. as a fellowship of reconciliation staff, rustin co- founded and organized the first freedom ride in 1947. an african-american gay man, rustin was a quaker. his life commitment to nonviolence as a spiritual discipline exemplifies that pacifism is anything but passive. he pursuit -- refused to accept more by denying society's expectations that he be straight. he refused to be at war with another nation by being in prison as a conscientious objector during world war ii, and he refused to be at war with humanity by not accepting diminishment or division based on race. in every situation, rustin rejected violence, confl
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 12:00am EDT
the city marks the 50th anniversary of dr. martin luther king jr's i have a dream speech. which was delivered on the steps of the lincoln memorial. but there was another message from dr. king that historians agree set in motion a revolutionary movement, one which lead to the march on washington. tonight the story of the letter from a birmingham jail. >> when you were coming to birmingham in 1963, you were coming to ku klux klan country. birmingham had nor unsolved bombings of negro homes and churches than any other city in the nation. the ku klux klan and racial segregationalists were not about to let some negro preacher from atlanta or some group of demonstrators either in birmingham or outside the state to come and change their way of life. this is our place. this is our power. how dare you come in and want to take -- share our power from us. >> it was some very dark days in birmingham, alabama. >> in birmingham then the police fear. >> they had intimidated the working black people, and dr. king knew that. the movement was stagnated. it was dead. >> i'm going to say to you, wait a
PBS
Aug 28, 2013 12:00am PDT
wright you were there with dr. king, working alongside him on the issues of property. if two years later, let me ask whether your heart is happy with the celebrations or heavy? >> both, but more heavy. we really want to get on with what we want to do to end child harvard he and family poverty in the richest nation on earth. we have 46 million poor people. when he died, there were 35 million. we have 16.1 million poor children. when he died, we had 11.5. of course the country's population has grown, but on the other hand, we are three times richer in gdp. while the safety net has , wended over these years did not have those safety nets in place. the fact is today we are on the verge of going backwards. rates,ok at the poverty -- in three black children if you look at what is happening with poverty rates, with changes in families and more mothers trying to struggle to make ends meet, you look at the unemployment rates, the young men who have never seen anybody working in their family, if you look at education, and we still have too many children in segregated and unequal schools. 80%
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 1:00pm EDT
the dream and the dreamer today. it was 50 years ago today that dr. martin luther king gave his famous "i have a dream" speech. thousands of people have gathered at the mall for a very special program that will take place throughout the course of the day. in a couple of hours president obama is expected to speak at exactly 3:00. we're going to hear from members of dr. king's family as well as others. mike viqueira is there live. he joins us now. so much history on that site, and also an indication that so much has changed. >> reporter: you're absolutely right, del, you may notice a my it contraband umbrellas sprouted in the crowd. they were not supposed to be brought through security, but the lucky few who got them through. you may her the cheers behind me, 50 years to the day this began in washington. this began with a commemoration, a religion service, and shiloh baptist church. there was a march on the other end of the war down to the lincoln memorial. we've heard a number of speake speakers. >> we're obviously having difficulties with the situation down there on the mall. on
NBC
Aug 25, 2013 8:00am PDT
this week, dr. martin luther king jr. changed history with his i have a dream speech. he had a vision for equality and economic progress and issued a challenge to america -- to live up to its democratic ideals. how does america measure up today? i'll ask our guests, civil rights pioneer and georgia congressman john lewis, mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker, and develop nor of louisiana, bobby jindal. also, we'll explore the overall state of american dream -- civil rightses, the struggle of the middle classes, issues at the heart of our political debate. our roundtable weighs in. host of msnbc's "politics nation," the reverend al sharpton, pulitzer prize-winning journalist sheryl wudunn, republican congressman from idaho, raul labrador, and unique perspective from historian doris kearns goodwin as well as "new york times" columnist david brooks. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday, august 25th. good sunday morning. thousands of people gathered here in washington saturday to re-create the march on washington where dr. king gave his famous i have a dre
SFGTV
Aug 29, 2013 7:30am PDT
howthey were inspired by the march on washington and dr. king's speech which subsequently has passed on to me. my mother was among the 200,000 people who joined dr. martin they were inspired by the march on washington and dr. king's speech which subsequently has passed on to me. my mother was among the 200,000 people who joined dr. martin luther king on the march on washington 50 years ago and stood up for the rights for freedom.as a teenager growing up in washington as a teenager growing up in washington dc, she and her church did people demonstrations leading up to the march in washington where they would go in front of the white house. you have to remember, the time. this was the time they would go there and racial epithets were thrown at them and people would come up and spit on them and they had to practice turning the other cheek. a very very scary time.but both of my parents, made me fully aware of the importance of that speech and importance of education and but both of my parents, made me fully aware of the importance of that speech and importance of education and the future
CSPAN
Aug 28, 2013 5:00pm EDT
50 years after the march on washington, let us remember that dr. king's last march was never finished. the poor people's campaign was never finished. some 50 years after the march on washington, while if you were -- you are people as a percentage in our country are poor, more as a number in our country are poor. while the ladder of opportunity extends to the heavens for our people today, more are tethered at the bottom and falling off everyday. say that thean distance between a child's aspirations represented by the top of that letter and a family situation at the bottom of that is the exactder measurement of that aaron's level of frustration. as we go home today, let us remember that the dreamer was also a doer. as we turn on our tvs tomorrow and see people walking out of places where they are being forced to survive on $7.25 by the thousands, let us commit to join them in fighting to lift up the bottom. at the top of that letter has extended, the tethers at the bottom must be unleashed. let us not just be dreamers. let us recommit to be doers. thank you, and god bless. [applause] >>
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 3:00pm PDT
tuning in. tonight's lead, the dream lives on 50 years after dr. martin luther king jr. inspired the nation. america's first african-american president reminded us -- reminded all of us that today's economic inequities mean there's still much more work to do. i was there for the day's commemoration as some 100,000 people gathered to hear more than 200 speakers. everyone from former presidents, carter and clinton, to activists and civil rights leaders. at points there was a spontaneous song. >> i don't know about you, b bbu but -- ♪ i woke up with my mind stayed on freedom ♪ >> and even celebrities joined in echoing dr. king's words. >> and as the bells toll today at 3:00, let us ask ourselves how will the dream live on in me and you and all of us? >> and those bells did toll. on the national mall and all over the country, they rang to commemorate dr. king's call to let freedom ring. and then on the very same steps from which dr. king addressed the country decades earlier, president obama brought the point of today home. today is not just about commemorating the dream, but advanci
CBS
Aug 28, 2013 12:00pm PDT
artifact for the afternoon. >> pelley: the bell was shipped here from alabama. and as soon as dr. king has wrapped up her remarks, we expect the bell to be rung and then immediately after that, the remarks of president obama. as doug was saying, it was just a little over two weeks after dr. king's speech that the bombing occurred at the 16th street baptist church. let's listen to the bell from that church now. >> and let freedom ring! (cheers and applause) ♪ ♪ . >> in 1963, the 16th street baptist church was bombed. the bell was saved. and thanks to the church and william bell, the mayor of birmingham, that bell is here, to help celebrate dr. king's legacy and this day, let freedom ring . (applause) >> please welcome our next performance by tony and grammy award winner heather headley. >> pelley: heather headley the noted actress, singer and songwriter will have a short performance now before the president's speaks. and as we watch this doug brinkley what are some of the things that you think about as you look at this day and this celebration from the perspective of a historian? >> wel
PBS
Aug 29, 2013 12:00pm PDT
, and the famous speech by dr. martin luther king jr. we talk this evening to congressman johning with, who was there with dr. king. >> we made a lot of progress. back in 1963, charlie, let me tell you, i saw those signs that said white waiting, colored waiting, those signs are gone. we passed the civil rights bill. we passed the voting right act, the fair housing act. and when people say to me nothing has checked. i say come and walk in my scooz. >> we talk with jonathan rider, isabelle wilkerson, and clarence jones. >> the march was nmy view, the culmination of 100 years of frustration and despair. 1963 began with the centennial, the 100th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. and that means that when these people came together, those quarter of a million people came together, they were in some ways representing all the hopes and dreams that had idea yt to be fulfull fulfilled. >> rose: the 50th anniversary of the march on washington next. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin with john lewi
CSPAN
Aug 24, 2013 8:35pm EDT
government in a ceremony on the lincoln memorial. the same location where dr. martin luther king jr. delivered his i have a dream speech. you would hear from the reverend holder, then, eric reverend al sharpton, among others as a picture butte to the events of the day -- as they pay tribute to the events of the day. >> for those of us from the south, 50 years ago we received our marching orders when dr. martin luther king jr. quote it the prophet isaiah, i have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted and every hill should be made low and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the lord should be revealed and all flesh. and this is the faith that we go back to the south with and those are our marching orders and this is the faith that we go back to the south with. yes, the south. where some are still trying to fight the civil war. where we areh witnessing this vicious attack on voters, voting rights, and the blatant voting suppression i .ne particular political party yes, the south where young teenage african-american boys cannot walk the streets of his f
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 10:00am PDT
theocracy whir watching this commemoration of dr. martin luther king, jr.'s march for jobs and freedom here 50 years ago today. i'm here of course with "hardball" anchor and reporter today chris matthews. chris, we've been listening to the speeches and watching and thinking about what happened here 50 years ago. it resonates for you? >> i have to tell you so far today the best part has been andrew young. andrew young is an older guy. like me, maybe. he brought some joy to the occasion today. i think -- what's remarkable about today, the "new york times" wrote the most extraordinary -- >> it was the best explanation of what the speech itself meant. she wrote about the fact that reverend king was son, the grandson and great-grandson of a baptist preacher. the i have a dream is in response from mahalia jackson. >> and all of that is a continuity going all the way back to the declaration of independence through the proclamation proclam ation -- proclamation emancipation and the sweltering summer of discontent. the poetry of martin luther king. >> the speech started as prose and was an economic
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 1:00pm PDT
personification of dr. king's dream addressed the crowd in the shadow of greatness. dr. king's speech was incredibly just under 17 minutes long. 1651 words, he was only 34 years old. a speech delivered in a different age at the time carried by just a few networks without the power of the internet or twitter or facebook to help spread that message. it is a speech that the king family closely protects, making sure to preserve the legacy of an iconic leader. now, 50 years later, on this historic anniversary as we remember that pivotal moment msnbc has the opportunity to share those remarks in their entirety. >> i am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. >> five score years ago, a great american, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the emancipation proclamation. this momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. it came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. but 100 y
CSPAN
Aug 28, 2013 10:00am EDT
act. was not the first time dr. martin luther king jr. urged fellow travelers to reject the status quo, to in his words at the march, refuse to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. seven years early now to trim of in francisco, my hometown, 1956, dr. king delivered the same message to the delegates of the naacp convention. --said "now i realize those all over are telling us we must slow up, he said, but we cannot afford this slow up. we have a moral obligation to press on because of our love for america and our love for the democratic way of life, we must keep moving. in san francisco in 1956 to the mall in 1963 to america today, dr. king's message endures. we must keep moving. our heritage and our hope. advancing civil or voting rights. within two years after the march, there would be a historic civil rights act and a voting rights act. that is why i think it is very important congress observe this anniversary and what followed. there were signs of progress but not enough. at the time of the march, there were five african-american members at the house of -- today, 43 led by the
NBC
Aug 26, 2013 3:00am PDT
dr. king and others stood. i think in the past 50 years we have witnessed what i'd like to call the nonviolent revolution in america, a revolution of values, a revolution of ideas, and our country is a better country. >> you know, the president will speak on wednesday in the same spot. he'll mark 50 years since the i have a dream speech. we've talked over the years, and you told me about a year and a half ago in your view a lot of people can't get comfortable with the idea of an african-american president even though what a testament to the progress and the dream that dr. king had. and you even said during your speech yesterday there are forces, there are people who want to take us back. what specifically are you talking about? >> well, i hear people over and over again saying we want to take our country back. take it back where? where are we going? we need to go forward. we've made so much progress. i often think -- when i was growing up, i thought it was science that said white men, colored men, white women, colored women, colored waiting, those signs are gone. when i first came t
CBS
Aug 28, 2013 4:00am PDT
. president obama will give a speech today from the same spot where dr. king made that famous speech 50 years ago. he and others today will reflect on the progress that's been made in civil rights in this country in the last 50 years and also emphasize the struggles that continue. >> i have a dream. >> reporter: 50 years ago today martin luther king jr. stood on the steps of the lincoln memorial and delivered a speech that would go down in american history. >> my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> reporter: today as many as 20,000 people are expected to fill the national mall to hear tributes to dr. king. felicia ferrell came from massachusetts to be a part of it. >> i hope -- >> in 1963 the march here was about equality and most would agree there has been progress in the last 50 years, but many believe dr. king's dream is not yet a reality. >> if dr. king was here, i am quite sure he would say congratulations on all the progress that has been made, b
FOX News
Aug 28, 2013 2:00pm PDT
commemorating dr. king's dream and his lasting legacy this afternoon. >> on a hot summer day they assembled here in our nation's capital under the shadow of the great emancipator. everyone that realizes what those glorious patriots knew on that day that change does not come from washington but to washington. that change has always been built on our willingness, we, the people, to take on the mantle of citizenship, you are marching. that's the lesson of our past. that's the promise of tomorrow. >> okay, bob, you were particularly moved by this speech as you were by dr. king's speech so many years, 50 years ago. >> yeah. i think if dr. king had been alive today, listened to these tributes, i think he would have been -- first of all, he would have been amazed there was a black president, but i think obama did exactly the right thing. i think he talked about change coming from the grass roots into washington, not the other way around. i know there's been a lot of controversy about washington dictating from here out. i think obama was articulate, he rises to the occasion on things like
FOX News
Aug 28, 2013 11:00pm PDT
were particularly moved by this speech as you were by dr. king's speech so many years, 50 years ago. >> yeah. i think if dr. king had been alive today, listened to these tributes, i think he would have been -- first of all, he would have been amazed there was a black president, but i think obama did exactly the right thing. i think he talked about change coming from the grass roots into washington, not the other way around. i know there's been a lot of controversy about washington dictating from here out. i think obama was articulate, he rises to the occasion on things like this, and for that matter almost all his speeches, particularly among king's children. had five kids. when he was assassinated, his youngest was five months old. she spoke today eloquently. john lewis, one of the leaders of the civil rights movement took a horrendous beating. my dad was there that day, and at the speech. so i was taken with it, still am. i think martin luther king will go down in history as at least one or two most important americans of the 20th century. >> bolling? >> i think president obama is
CSPAN
Aug 24, 2013 9:00am EDT
president. dr. king called america the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today. he was right. and still is today. when profit motive and property rights are considered more important than people, he said, militarism is incapable of being conquered. a true revolution of values will look and easily on the glaring contrast to party and well. thise revelation will say way of settling differences is not just. american can lead the way in the revolution of values. no document can make these humans any less of our brothers. the true meaning of compassion and non-parlance is when it helps us to see the enemies point of view. there is nothing to prevent us from re- ordering our priorities. the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. let us practice what they -- >> ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the national but justice coalition -- of the national black justice coalition. >> one of my mentors told me in order to truly be free, you must give to causes greater than yourself. every day, and educate, allocate, and celebrate the lotributions of the lesbian,
CSPAN
Aug 24, 2013 3:00pm EDT
hen the prophet dr. king jr. quoted the prophet isiah, that have a dream. this is our hope. this is the faith that we go back to the south with. those are our marching orders. this is the faith that we go back to the south with. yes, the south where some are still trying to fight the civil war. yes, the south. where we are witnessing this vicious attack on voting rights and the blatant voter suppression by one particular political party. es, the south where young boys can't walk the street of his father's neighborhood without eing profiled, confronted, stalked, and finally murdered. watched over 45 days where governor because of the relentless protests of 20 plus,000 people reluctantly appointed a reluctant prosecutor who reluctantly put together a prosecuting team who did a poor job in presenting their case. watching a murderer go free, watching our community and our country try to go back 50 years . we walk away with the faith in the words of the prophet isiah once again that they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength, they shall line up with wings as eagles. they sha
ABC
Aug 28, 2013 5:30pm PDT
ago dr. martin luther king stood on the steps of the lincoln memorial to preach his message of racial equality and today the first african-american president walked those same steps as thousands of people sat in the rain to honor the largest civil civil rights gathering in the history of this country all those years ago. our team coverage begins with abc's byron pitts at the link on memorial. >> reporter: stand pg in the spot that reverend king stood 50 years ago. >> i have a dream that one day this nation will rise up live up the true meaning of its creed. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. >> reporter: today president obama spoke to the needs of the nation. >> the test was not and never has been whether the doors of opportunity are cracked a bit wider for a few. it's whether our economic system provides a fair shot for the many. >> reporter: it was the rarest of moments in american history. three american presidents together to remember a king. >> the choice remains as it was on that distant summer day 50 years ago. cooperate and thrive or
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2013 4:00am PDT
future. >> you know, lee, dr. king went to memphis and was killed helping a strike of the local of your union. and you go back every year and help that local commemorate. but that showed how closely labor and civil rights worked together then. walter reuther we saw from uaw but even locals were so involved in the movement. and that's what we've tried to rebuild and have done so with this march this 50 years later. if we all are together, this is a power that can't be resisted. >> i believe you're exactly right. dr. king understood this. he understood that this was a fight about civil rights, this was a fight about human rights, this was a fight about labor rights, economic rights, workers rights. and he was able to merge all of those kinds of arguments and all of those kinds of segments in our society and we came together. that coalition came together we must never, ever forget that. that's why we're commemorating the 1963 march tomorrow but we're going to work towards a future and ensure that we have quality jobs, quality education, workers rights, civil rights, and human rights a
CSPAN
Aug 25, 2013 10:35am EDT
known as dr. king's unfulfilled dream, economic inequality and the working poor, and this discussion is sponsored by the good jobs nation. i have in front of me about 12 talking points that were handed me. they might cause your eyes to glaze over. i will try to humanize these talking points. one of them is we should not forget it years ago, march on washington was about jobs, just as much as it was about freedom and equality. matter of fact, five of the 10 the original demands, and most people do not remember after doc dr. king's iconic speech, which was not in the text of the written speech, philip randolph stood up and gave up five -- 10 that demands. there were 10 at demands that were read to the crowd. they were aimed at reducing economic inequity, securing good jobs and livable wages. that was 50 years ago. 50 years later, at the core demands of economic equality remains of the pope. the average income of white families is $89,000 vs 49,004 african americans and latinos. the wealth that -- gap is even more pronounced. average well for a white family is $632,000 vs $103,000 for a
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 8:00pm PDT
., 50 years ago today, no one knew what to expect. dr. martin luther king, junior had been up most of the night in his room writing and rewriting the speech he was to give that day, though the most sublime passage would never appear on that page. the earliest press reports that morning suggested that only about 25,000 people would show up. organizers of the march on washington for jobs and freedom were nervous. putting out fires, working behind the scenes to keep the collision behind the march in tact and preparing to channel the sea of humanity that they hoped to call forth. and then the buses and the trains came, and the people came with them by the thousands. and by that afternoon, more than 200,000 people, black and white spread out before the shadow of the great emancipator, disciplined and exuding the spirit of solidarity. they listened to speakers one by one who called the nation to meet the demands that justice placed upon it, and about 2:40 in the afternoon, the last speaker rose to the lectern. some fretted the tv cameras would be gone by the time the reverend spoke having a
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 8:00am EDT
. >> those words from dr. king still so relevant today. our del waters is in washington, d.c. for us. i don't know about you, del, but i never changed. when you think about names that are part of every day american culture like oprah winfrey, king of day time at one time, michael jordan of the mba. that man who now lives at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, president barack obama. while much has changed, much hasn't. a lot are talking about w essential strategic planner for the market on washington -- march on washington. he was a black gay man. he was a pass fiivis -- asivist political strategist. he organized it but because he was gay continue, they would not let him be visible. >> was that a good thing or bad the president's medal of freedom. that was long overdue but i am committed and many others across this nation are committed to teach our children who he was so never again do we ask anyone to step aside, to then, again, nobody is expecting lightning to strike twice. >> del walters, thank you so much. now we have mark anthony neil, a professor of black popular culture in the departmen
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
told the crowd that dr. king's speech had changed america. jimmy carter said dr. king had helped free all people and president barack obama to mark the changes that have come about since that day. >> when we turn not from each other or on each other, but towards one another, and we find that we do not walk alone, that's where courage comes from. [applause] >> and with that courage we can stand together. for good jobs and just wages. with that courage, we can stand together, for the right to health care in the richest nation on earth, for every person. with that courage, we can stand together for the right of every child from the corners of anacostia to the hills of appalachia, to stir the mind and capture the spirit and prepare them for the world that awaits them. >> let's take a moment to remember some of the key events of that spring and summer of 50 years ago, in april of 1963, martin luther king was arrested and jailed. there he wrote the famous letter from birmingham jail, which argued the case to break unjust laws. gaining sympathy for the civil rights movement. on june 12th mis
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 1:00pm EDT
away for free. neither did dr. king. if a work becomes very successful or extremely significa significant, it doesn't lose the copyrights as a result. >> reporter: dr. king sued a record company selling audio copies, forcing it to stop. through the years the king family has taken legal action against new organizations that used any part of the speech without paying licensing fees. all of the cases settled out of court. >> dr. king's family said, look, we own it. he didn't make a lot of money when he was alive. the only thing he had in hi estate, really were his literary properties. so get a license. pay us for it. >> reporter: critics say the family has gone too far, noting dr. king's relatives have received millions of dollars licensing out part of the speech to companies that wanted to leverage it for commercial advertising. one deal included singular wireless, which used the tag line, free at last. >> the irony of dr. king's family using his legacy to maximize their income is a very sad and painful contradiction of how dr. king lead his own life and what he would want his l
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 8:00am PDT
anniversary to help bring dr. king's message full circle? >> name another president in our history, he is 44. the first 43, name one of the 43 that had to show his papers? who had to show his papers? that is what he had to do. he had show evident legitimately born in honor allow. that is how racist it was on the right and no doubt what they were doing. they forced him to get out of his car and show his driver's license and basically what they were doing to this guy and humiliated him in doing that and now talking impeachment and nullification. whatever president fought for and believed in. a lot of republican presidents thought about it including nixon and teddy roosevelt. because he got it, they are trying to erase it. it's that serious in if you listen. if you talk like everything is fine like george w. bush, you don't hear or see anything. if you pay stark attention what is happening the last four and a half years you see the game. half the country has rejected this guy as president through the voices of their leaders. maybe it's 47%. they don't like. but it's about 50/50 right now. th
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